SK:- Dearest Trev,
What happens within the waking or what the individual experiences within the dream is nothing to do with the formless witness because the three states are mere illusion created out of consciousness.
The seeker has to find out first:- What is it that appears as the waking experience? and What is that appears as a dream?’ and What is it that remains without waking or dream in deep sleep) . There is no need to know what happens within the waking or dream because the waking is as unreal as the dream. Thus one should judge the truth on the birth entity, which is not the self. The judgment has to be on the base of the birthless self. The birthless self is the soul, which is present in the form of consciousness.
The Atman or Soul, which is present in the form of consciousness, is the innermost self. Consciousness is the witness that experiences the action, the actor, and the world of separate things. It is like a light that illuminates everything in a theatre, revealing the master of ceremonies, the guests, and the dancers with complete impartiality. Even when they all depart, the light shines to reveal their absence.
What is not consciousness (formless) in waking, dream or deep sleep? The waking and the dream ceases to exist without consciousness. The seeker, seeking and his destination all are one in essence.
There is only need to realize the whole universe in which we exist is created out of consciousness (soul or Atman), the innermost self. On the standpoint innermost self, the universe is mere illusion created out of consciousness. Thus on the ultimate standpoint, no second thing exists other than consciousness. Thus consciousness is ultimate truth or Brahman. The Brahman is God.
It takes lot of time for any one to become soul-centric. it depends on the capacity of the seeker to grasp and understand,assimilate what is said in the FP and IP blogs and postings. constant reading of the FP and IP blogs sends suggestion to subconscious gradually the subconscious start accepting the suggestion and drops reasoning on the base of the ego and starts reasoning on the base of the base of the soul, the innermost self.
The universe means form,time and space together. The form,time and space means universe. without the form,time and space there is no universe. perfect understanding what is what leads to non-dual self-awareness. --FORMLESS PATH